Stamford will allocate COVID business grants, not outdoors agency

STAMFORD — Just about eight months just after town boards authorised a request from Mayor Caroline Simmons’ administration to use $1.5 million in federal COVID-19 recovery money to offer grants to struggling little enterprises, the money continues to be untouched.

The administration planned to use a part of the federal funding to pay back an outdoors business to administer the grant program. Just after a months-extensive system, metropolis officials picked the Women’s Business enterprise Development Council for the work and agreed to pay out a $200,000 price to the Stamford-based nonprofit.

But officials are now ditching that strategy.

The contract would have needed acceptance from equally the Board of Finance and the Board of Reps. Richard Freedman, the chair of the Board of Finance, claimed there was a deficiency of assistance on his board for paying out $200,000 — 13 percent of the $1.5 million — to employ an operator.

“It was a good deal of overhead to administer the method,” Freedman informed The Stamford Advocate this week.


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